Posted by: Lauren | January 13, 2014

Iron in Tea

As an alumnus of the University of Toronto, I was super stoked when I stumbled across this article about “Saving lives one cup of tea at a time“, an innovative research project taking place at the University.

The article explains that many perinatal and maternal deaths each year are caused by iron deficiency. “Professor Emeritus Levente Diosady of Chemical Engineering believes these numbers can be reduced by creating an ‘iron brew,’ or in other words, developing iron-fortified tea leaves for consumption.” Diosady was initially a part of the team adding salt with iodine, and later iron. He explained, “trying to fortify tea with iron was the next logical step”.

This is a really neat project and I look forward to seeing where it goes.

Dr. Levente DiosadyThe Toronto Star states: “Dr. Levente Diosady was awarded a $250,000 grant by “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development,” an international initiative calling for innovative ideas to save the lives of mothers and newborns in low-resource countries”.

Tea is the second most popular beverage, next to water, around the world. This study definitely could make a difference if it works!

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